23 delegates from 13 cities and 3 regions met in Stuttgart (Germany) to participate in Urban Future 23, one of Europe’s most important conference for city makers and sustainable solutions.
On June 20th, IURC-LA held a side event for participating cities and regions to share knowledge and lessons learned on urban generation, social inclusion, and sustainable urban development. Delegates had the opportunity to collaborate with their IURC pairing and other cities and regions during Peer-to-Peer thematic working groups. Some delegates also participated in the Cities for Mobility 10th International Congress, where they could exchange knowhow and discuss the topics critical to improve quality of life and sustainable mobility in cities. In the evening, the delegation participated in a VIP Reception at the Stuttgart City Hall.On the first day of UF23, delegates attended a wide variety of sessions on highly relevant topics, from greening, to urban mobility, and citizen participation. In addition, Manuel Trujillo, representative of the city of Barranquilla (Colombia) that is part of an IURC-LA thematic cluster with Cali (Colombia), Málaga (Spain), and Anci Lazio (Italy), was invited to be a speaker in the “Clever: Social cohesion through green city action” session.
On the following day, Victor Macedo from the city of Fortaleza (Brazil) which is paired with Essen (Germany), was invited to be part of the “Sustainability by data” panel, and shared insights about reducing car fatalities through data governance. IURC-LA delegation gathered during a closing session to share lessons learned from the conference as well as future opportunities for the IURC cooperation. The conference ended with the “Fuck Up Night” where experts could share learnings from important mistakes and failed projects.
On June 23rd, field visits where organised for participants to learn more about various topics, such as modern architecture, urban agriculture, or public transportation.
IURC’s participation in the UF23 allowed delegates to exchange solutions and best practices to solvecommon challenges, by expanding their network and learn from international experts. Participants will bring back home a new perspective on how to transform cities into more green and inclusive environments.